Tell me if you agree with me that SPCA welfare officer Anna Porteous says completely the wrong thing and sends a bad message to cat killers.
The background story is simple but very sad. A 44-year-old man was looking after someone’s cat in his home. The cat damaged the guy’s curtains so he shot the cat with an airgun (pellet gun) five times. The man refused to hand the cat back to the owners until they had paid compensation. The cat survived and was operated on by a vet and appears to have made a full recovery.
The SPCA welfare officer said this about the man who shot the cat:
“There was a delay, and meanwhile the curtain damage continued, so he decided to kill the cat. He reached the end of his tether and that was what he decided to do….We would like to use this case to highlight the important issue of euthanasia. It is not enough for you to ‘try’ to kill an animal – if you are not capable of killing the animal instantly and in a humane manner, then take the animal to the vet….This case being successful in court reinforces this. This man did not intend for the cat to suffer, but through his actions, it did, and to a significant extent.”
What she said more or less backs up what he did except that he did it badly. If he had killed the cat with one shot and the cat had died quickly she would have accepted the behavior of this man. That is how I interpret what she has said. She is endorsing (supporting as acceptable) homemade euthanasia, which is bizarre. No one should be involved in attempting to euthanize their cat at home. Euthanising a cat is very skilled work. In any case, her words also encourage cat owners to kill their cat. Euthanasia is not simple, unqualified killing. It is humanely ending the life of a cat for very good and moral reasons.
P.S. — The story comes from New Zealand. There is a link in the comments section.
P.P.S. The word “euthanasia” has been misused by the SPCA welfare officer. This man was trying to kill the cat; he was not trying to euthanize the cat.